Gene Cross Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Virginia
April 25, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia men’s head basketball coach Dave Leitao announced Monday (April 25) that Gene Cross has joined the Virginia staff as an assistant men’s basketball coach. Cross was an assistant coach at DePaul University the last three years when Leitao was the head coach of the Blue Demons.
“Gene has had an important role in our success at DePaul and will do so at Virginia as well,” said Leitao. “He is a tremendous basketball coach whom I trust with all aspects of the program. Most importantly, he embodies the spirit and direction of this University and will serve as a great role model for our student-athletes.”
Prior to his three years at DePaul, Cross was an assistant coach for six seasons at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
A native of Chicago, Cross, 33, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois in 1994 and played four years of basketball for the Fighting Illini, lettering twice. Illinois twice participated in the NCAA Tournament during his playing career.
Cross completed a master’s degree in sport management at Ohio State University in 1996. While at Ohio State, he served as a graduate administrative associate in the Department of Recreation and Intramural Sports. He also served as an assistant varsity coach and head freshman basketball coach at Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus, Ohio.